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Trainee Aman
Aman Thakar Solicitor Employment Department

I was first drawn to Leigh Day because of its completely unique place in the legal marketplace as being one of the country’s most prominent legal practices whilst still being a predominantly Claimant only practice. Leigh Day prides itself on delivering top rate client care while passionately fighting on our clients’ behalf to deliver justice, an ethos that drove me to pursue a law degree and then a legal career.
 
Throughout my degree and LPC I was also drawn to the areas that Leigh Day practices in, such as human rights, personal injury, clinical negligence and employment, so for me the firm was a natural fit. The work that Leigh Day pursues is now more essential than ever, given that we are now living in particularly interesting times. Joining a firm which shared my social and political beliefs was particularly important to me.
 
After leaving University I worked initially at the Citizens Advice Bureau and then moved on to Claimant personal injury law. I first joined Leigh Day as a paralegal in 2013. I was working in the cycling team being instructed by British Cycling and British Triathlon and helping people rebuild their lives after being involved in devastating accidents through no fault of their own. This is particularly the case for cyclists as they are so vulnerable on the road.
 
I moved to the Employment department in 2014 and worked on the Asda Equal Pay case. It was compelling to be involved at the initial stages of such a huge case that would go on to encompass 7,000 Claimants in litigation worth tens of millions of pounds. 
 
I then worked on the blacklisting litigation. I was particularly driven to work on this case given the audacity of the companies involved in the Consulting Association. It was set up by companies such as Carillion as a conspiracy to deliberately ruin people’s lives by preventing them from working, for being a member of a trade union, for complaining about health and safety or in one case for expressing admiration for Nelson Mandela in their local newspaper. Our client’s lives were destroyed by the acts of the Consulting Association and to be able to obtain a settlement and apology on their behalf was very satisfying.
 
In my final few months in the employment department I worked on the case of Aslam, Farrar and Others v Uber. I met and liaised with clients and counsel, and attended the entirety of this historic hearing. One of the best things about working at Leigh Day is how the whole firm comes together to celebrate these momentous decisions. To have been privileged enough to work on this historic case was a real career highlight for me.
 
I started my training contract in September 2016 in the Personal Injury department. There was definitely a step up in terms of tasks and responsibility for me once I became a trainee and it was initially a steep learning curve. During my first seat I was involved in cases involving industrial disease and catastrophic injuries such as brain injury, spinal injury and amputations at varying stages of the litigation process. I helped to make a real difference and assist clients in putting their lives back together after they were involved in horrific accidents, or diagnosed with asbestos related diseases. The people affected by industrial disease in particular, are ordinary working people who have had their lives turned upside down by a lack of safe working practices by their employers.
 
In my first seat I had a crash course in civil litigation, being given real responsibility and substantive tasks. From letters of claim to particulars of claim, and tasks such as disclosure lists, witness statements and trial indexes. I was also able to attend an inquest hearing which was an interesting experience for me as most of the hearings I had attended prior to this had been in the civil litigation sphere.
 
I am currently working in a Product Safety and Consumer Law department, dealing with very technical causation arguments that straddle both personal injury and clinical negligence and require real technical knowledge. I have had an opportunity to deal with substantive procedural correspondence which is an aspect I have always found particularly challenging and been able to deal directly with Defendant solicitors, a key skill for any Claimant solicitor. I have also had the opportunity to attend a trial at the High Court.
 
My work is reviewed by some of the best lawyers in the country, and I am given substantive and valuable feedback on how to improve and become a better solicitor. I have learnt a huge amount over the course of my training contract and I am excited about the challenges that are still to come. While my work is challenging and engaging I still have an excellent work life balance giving me enough time to continue with my political campaigning and to be actively involved in my local community.